A funding package worth over £64 billion to support councils in England to deliver frontline services has been announced by the Levelling Up Secretary.
The provisional local government finance settlement includes support for social care as they are providing £1 billion in additional grant funding for social care compared to 2023-2024.
The government will provide confirmation of the final local government finance settlement once the consultation has closed and all responses have been considered in early 2024.
This provisional settlement follows the decision at Autumn Statement that the Local Housing Allowance will be uprated to cover the 30th percentile from Spring next year. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said:
“Councils are the backbone of their communities and carry out tremendous work every day in delivering vital services to the people they serve.
We recognise they are facing challenges and that is why we have announced a £64 billion funding package to ensure they can continue making a difference, including through our combined efforts to level up.”
Minister for Local Government Simon Hoare said:
“It is good news for our local government sector that we are presenting an above-inflation increase in funding.
We are, and will, continue to work alongside councils to ensure quality and reliable services are provided to those who need and use them, while also keeping a weather eye on ensuring value for the taxpayer.”